One concern of the Foundation is the provision of affordable recreational grounds and premises for the benefit and health of individuals. Through purchases, donations and bequests, Stiftung Edith Maryon acquires properties or land on which buildings can be erected. The Foundation subsequently rents these properties to interested parties who may, in individual cases, be granted usufructuary rights; alternatively, the Foundation grants a long-term building lease or offers a Miet-Eigentum arrangement (a special type of lease whereby the tenant enjoys the benefit of additional rights but the Foundation retains the title to the property).

In every case, the primary goal – to enduringly secure socially responsible places of residence and work – is to reduce the encumbrance of debt on property. Further social goals are to encourage self-accountable and self-administrative structures, the integration of people with disabilities, as well as to promote living, good quality architecture that encompasses green building methods enabling people to feel at ease with their individuality and within the social whole.